Identification Requirements

The Y is committed to creating a safe environment for all in our facilities. As part of this commitment, government-issued identification (ID) is required for all individuals age 16 and older entering the facility. ID is used to process a sex offender background screening, to add individuals to the YMCA’s Nationwide Membership System and to verify the identity of individuals entering Y facility, when necessary. This shall include, but not be limited to, members, guests, spectators, and visitors. All personal identification information is confidential and may not be retained or shared by YMCA employees, except as necessary for safety or as required by law.

ID Requirements

  1. Physical ID is required.
  2. ID must be valid (not expired) and show:
    • The bearer’s date of birth,
    • The bearer’s signature (except US Military ID Card)
    • The bearer’s photograph

The Y does not allow digital IDs or photos of IDs, consistent with Washington State Department of Licensing.

Types of Acceptable ID

  1. Driver’s License, Instruction Permit, or ID Card issued by any U.S. State, U.S. Territory and District of Columbia.
  2. Valid State Temporary Driver’s License or ID Card
  3. U.S. Military ID Card (encrypted signature acceptable)
  4. Merchant Marine ID Card issued by the U.S. Coast Guard
  5. Official Passport, Passport Card, NEXUS Card
  6. Washington State Tribal Enrollment Card (no expiration date required)

Types of Acceptable ID for Youth Ages 16–17 Without a Type of ID Listed Above

Documents that meet the following criteria are acceptable:

  1. Show first name and last name and at least one of the following:
    • Date of birth
    • Signature
    • Photo
  2. Examples:
    • School ASB Card for current school year, including first name, last name, and photo
    • School yearbook, including first name, last name, and photo
    • School transcript or record with date of birth, school biographical data sheet with photo, or forms I-20 or DS-2019 for foreign exchange students
    • Birth Certificate
    • Mexican school record with seal and photo at age when issued

Defined Terms

  1. Nationwide Membership: With Nationwide Membership, members can visit any participating Y in the United States and Puerto Rico through membership at their home Y, at no additional cost.
  2. Nationwide Membership System: The Y-USA administered, web-based Nationwide Membership software application, which includes a registered sex offender screening system.
  3. Sex offender background screening: All data uploaded to the Nationwide Membership System is automatically screened daily, using the sex offender screening software.
  4. Member: An individual or household that holds a YMCA issued membership package.
  5. Guest: An individual or household who uses the Y with a YMCA member guest pass, day pass, or Try the Y Pass.
  6. Spectator: An individual who visits the Y to watch a YMCA member participate in an activity.
  7. Visitor: An individual who visits the Y at the invitation of a staff member or other unique circumstances.


Last updated: March 22, 2024.